From: MSN Nicknamepsychoteddybear24 (Original Message) Sent: 11/9/2006 4:38 PM
EYE IN THE SKY TO COUNT ABKHAZIAN HOMES
The Georgians want to use satellite technology to register refugees' old homes
By Nana Tomaradze in Tbilisi
The Georgian government plans to use detailed satellite photographs to allow
refugees to lay claim to properties they owned in Abkhazia before it broke away
from rule by Tbilisi in the early Nineties.
The administration in Abkhazia has dismissed the scheme as a publicity stunt
that will have no real impact.
Refugees from Abkhazia and another conflict zone, South Ossetia, have been
flocking to the ministry for refugees and resettlement in Tbilisi to register
the homes they lost in the wars of 1990-93. Their claims are been recorded as
part of a programme launched by President Mikheil Saakashvili earlier this year,
which represents an attempt to count both the refugees themselves and the ...>> full artcle...